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What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Pretty much says it all. How about those video games, though? Advertisement I’m sure you won’t be shocked to hear I’ll be playing more The Witcher 3. I’ll also be taking a break to play some of the games at one of my local Global Game Jam spots. Good luck if you’re making a game this weekend! What about you? What are you playing? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

The Witcher 3 Finally Won Me Over

This as close to being “won over” as I can get Geralt to look. Last week, I asked for your advice for finishing The Witcher 3. You had some great, if not sometimes intimidating, tips. This weekend I took some of that advice, and now I’m here to say: oh my god you guys Witcher 3. Advertisement Reading through your comments, I was happy to see I wasn’t alone in being cowed by the size of The Witcher 3. You all had some excellent and thoughtful advice, from setting the difficulty to easy, doing what comes naturally, not being a completionist, treating it more like a TV show, or just getting so wrapped up in the story you can’t help but keep playing. It was a great discussion, so check it out if you’re looking for inspiration Here’s what I eventually decided to do: Over the long weekend, I vowed that I would only play The Witcher 3. On Saturday, when my roommate asked me to play Overwatch with her, I stonily replied, “Witcher 3…” She was confused and possibly disturbed. I brewed some coffee and plopped down in front of my PC. I heard my roommate laughing with our…

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Dishonored 2 is getting mission select and custom difficulty options starting next week, Bethesda sa

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Night in the Woods has a new release date of February 21st.

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Sunless Sea is coming to iPad in the spring, Failbetter Games announced today.

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Help Me Finish The Witcher 3

This is you all talking about your favorite part of The Witcher 3. I’m Geralt, walking away because I haven’t gotten to that part yet. The new year means it’s time for resolutions. This year I’d like to practice my guitar more, be as fit as I was in my 20s, figure out my romantic life—but I probably won’t do any of those things. But I might, with your help, finish The Witcher 3. Advertisement My colleague Patricia and I were talking today about how we’ve both recently (finally) started playing The Witcher 3. I’m only about 10 hours in, and I didn’t get my fellow Kotaku staffers’ flood of screenshots and jokes. I want to finish the game, but it’s just so long, and there are so many sidequests. I have so many games to play, and those stars in Overwatch aren’t going to get themselves…  But I want to see The Witcher 3 through. I want to share in the memories and laughter of my colleagues. I want the monsters, the cats, the frying pans, the kisses. I want the haircuts. Oh how I want the haircuts. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Hitman’s 18th Elusive Target, The Chameleon, will be available in Colorado for seven days starting J

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Our Favorite Games From December

Video game releases tend to slow down in December, but there were still plenty of ones to love. Here are our favorite games from December. Steep It’s been ages since we got a big winter sports sim, and Steep scratched that itch nicely. Advertisement You can get the game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Hearthstone Mean Streets of Gadgetzan We enjoyed the distinct style and mood of Heathstone’s latest expansion. Advertisement You can get the expansion for PC. The Last Guardian We thought it would never come out, but then it did come out, and you can watch Trico poop. We loved this beautiful tale of camaraderie between two unlikely companions. You can get the game for PS4. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun This game was an unexpected stealth gem where the most fun comes from making your characters work together. Advertisement You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux. Frog Fractions 2 After READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Space exploration game Elite: Dangerous will add Fisher’s Rest, a memorial outpost to Carrie Fisher,

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What Are You Playing This Weekend? 

Last New Year’s I was sick, so I skipped the parties and played through all of Wolfenstein: The New Order. It ruled. I might run outside without a coat and see if I can have a repeat this year. Advertisement I’m going to check out Far Cry Primal this weekend, which several of my colleagues are big fans of. It will be my first Far Cry game! I’m also going to play some more The Long Dark because I am on a pretty great run. What about you? What are you playing this weekend? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

How Do You Define 'Cheating' In A Video Game?

We don’t always play games the way we’re supposed to. We’ve all pulled out that little trick that helps us get through a tough area, beat a boss, or get a higher score. It might not be turning on God Mode in the developer console or using an aimbot, but it’s not quite on the level either. But it’s fine. It’s not cheating. Right? Advertisement Below are some…questionable things I’ve done or seen done in games. Is it cheating? The other night Kotaku’s editor-in-chief and I were riding the subway together, discussing Hitman (like you do). I was explaining the Elusive Targets and how you can’t save during a level; if you kill the target or die, that’s the only chance you get. I told him I’d seen YouTubers play the Targets by scoping them out in advance, quitting the mission, and then using the intel they’d gathered to play it for real and get a higher score. Advertisement “Isn’t that cheating?” he asked me. My verdict: Yes. The ‘one shot’ nature of the Elusive Targets is what makes them so special. Pre-planning runs counter to their spirit. Going in blind and working out a strategy on the fly is…

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Day of the Tentacle Remastered, Titan Souls Headline PlayStation Plus Lineup for January

There’s an interesting range of games in PlayStation Plus’ lineup next month. Most exciting to me is The Swindle, a steal ‘em up platformer I enjoyed a lot on PC. There’s also This War of Mine: The Little Ones, which adds what I’m sure is heart-wrenching content to an already heart-wrenching game. Advertisement As ever, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription. Playstation 4 Day of the Tentacle Remastered (cross buy on Vita) This War of Mine: The Little Ones PlayStation 3 Blazerush The Swindle (cross buy on PS4 and Vita) PS Vita Azkend 2 Titan Souls (Cross buy on PS4) READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Hitman’s 17th Elusive Target, The Food Critic, will be in Bangkok for 7 days beginning December 30th